Blackburn Youth Zone

Since April 2017, we have been running arts workshops at Blackburn Youth Zone. After a pilot project with visual, writing and drama sessions to see what most interested the young people, we began running drama sessions with Diversity and Senior Read More …

Boxing, Theatre and Migration

In October 2016, we began a collaboration with Tom Green, a playwright based in London, who we know via our connections with Refugee Week and Platforma. Tom’s latest play, Tom Molineaux, tells the story of black American boxer Tom Molineaux, Read More …

My New Light: Art Project

Since 2015, we have collaborated on a children’s visual art project as part of Refugee Week. Initially it was run by Mukhtar Ghebirrebbi with colleagues and volunteers from The Children’s Society Family Safe Project in Blackburn. Volunteer artist Urmila Chowdhury Read More …

Creating a Mural with Darwen Youth Centre

We are really pleased to be working with our old friend and colleague Lucy Wray on a Living Graffiti wall at Darwen Youth Centre, Knott Street. The design will be visible from the main road and will incorporate young people’s Read More …

Summer Arts Adventures – week one complete!

On Monday 24 July from 8.45am the group started to arrive. By Tuesday 25 July at 3.30pm, 22 children aged 7-11 had made a book, worked on drama, adventure story ideas, weaving, lino printing, used the beautiful historic printing press, Read More …

Refugee Week 2017

Every year, we coordinate a range of activities and events, along with a network of other volunteers and organisations for Refugee Week and this year’s celebration was another success. Thank you to all involved. This year’s events were: Sunday 18 Read More …

1973: Bowie in Blackburn

On Saturday 8 July, members of our Darwen Youth Theatre; Story Makers and guests from our drama project at Blackburn Youth Zone performed together at King George’s Hall, Blackburn. This was as part of an event involving over 750 people Read More …

Summer Arts Adventures-with Blackburn Museum

This summer, children aged 7-11 can achieve their Discover and Explore Arts Award at Blackburn Museum!  Work with Action Factory to create stories, illustrations, drama and fun with textiles. Everyone will make an amazing and unusual book to treasure and Read More …

New Play: Tom Molineaux – 7pm, 19 May at Darwen Library Theatre

Based on an extraordinary true story, Tom Molineaux charts the rise and fall of one of the greatest heroes of bare knuckle boxing. Born a slave, Tom Molineaux boxes his way to freedom. In 1810 he arrives in London where Read More …